Oregon Historical Photo: Outpost Astoria

Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.

Oregon Historical Photo: Stagecoach Racing At The Pendleton Round-Up

OPB | Jan. 19, 2015 midnight

The Pendleton Round-Up has been exciting spectators for over a century. Find out how this truly Oregon event, which has featured exhibitions of fancy roping, trick riding and stagecoach racing, got its start.

Oregon Historical Photo: Rajneeshpuram, Failed Utopia

OPB | Jan. 12, 2015 midnight

In the 1980s, Indian spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and many followers tried to create a utopian community in rural central Oregon. Find out how culture wars with local residents escalated into legal battles and more.

Oregon Historical Photo: Sagebrush Symphony

OPB | Jan. 05, 2015 midnight

Mary Dodge was passionate about music and teaching children. Find out how the "diminutive bundle of iron nerve" founded the Sagebrush Symphony in Oregon's High Desert, which ultimately became the Portland Youth Symphony.

Oregon Historical Photo: Oyster Evolution

OPB | Dec. 22, 2014 midnight

Overharvesting decimated native populations of oysters growing in bays along Oregon’s coastline. Find out how resourceful oystermen revolutionized the industry through persistent experimentation.

Oregon Historical Photo: James Beard

OPB | Dec. 15, 2014 midnight

Portland native James Beard launched the first cooking show on national television, predating Julia Child by more than 15 years. Learn more about his Oregon roots and his culinary career.

Oregon Historical Photo: Saloons ‘Afloat’ During 1894 Portland Flood

OPB | Dec. 08, 2014 midnight

Portland’s past is filled with legendary stories of rampant vice, shanghaied sailors and opium dens. Find out how much of the city’s illicit history is true and which colorful episodes are more likely tall tales.

Oregon Historical Photo: WWII Navy Recruits, 1942

OPB | Dec. 01, 2014 midnight

Between 1941 and 1945, World War II drastically changed Oregon’s economic, social and demographic profile. Find out how the war’s great challenges left profound impressions on hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, in military service and on the home front.

Oregon Historical Photo: Luther Cressman & Howard Stafford

OPB | Nov. 24, 2014 midnight

Luther Cressman, known today as the "Father of Oregon Archaeology," developed an interest in the field purely by accident. Find out how this U of O professor made some of the most significant archaeological finds in our state.

Oregon Historical Photo: The Road To Jefferson

OPB | Nov. 17, 2014 midnight

Residents of counties along the Oregon-California border have repeatedly tried to create a new, independent state. Find out about the State of Jefferson, a source of regional identity, lore, propaganda and pride.

Oregon Historical Photo: The Forests of Jefferson

OPB | Nov. 10, 2014 midnight

Commercial logging began in Southern Oregon and Northern California in the 1850s. At that time, area residents tried to create their own state. Find out more about the region that became known as the mythical State of Jefferson.

'Dryland' Filmmakers Explore Challenges Of Rural Farming In Eastern Washington

OPB |Nov. 14, 2014 midnight

Portland filmmakers Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm share how a road trip led to the making of their new documentary and what they hope to achieve by telling this story.

Oregon Historical Photo: State Of Jefferson, State Of Mind

OPB |Nov. 03, 2014 midnight

Residents of counties along the Oregon-California border have repeatedly tried to create a new, independent state. Find out about the State of Jefferson, a source of regional identity, lore, propaganda and pride.

Hundreds Pack Portland For 'World Beard & Moustache Championships'

OPB |Oct. 28, 2014 midnight

A large crowd gathered at Keller Auditorium for the "2014 World Beard & Moustache Championships." Watch our video to see one how one of the participants prepared for the competition.

Oregon Historical Photo: Women’s Suffrage Campaign

OPB |Oct. 27, 2014 midnight

In 1912, Oregon women waged an energetic campaign for the right to vote. Find out how their mobilization led to social reforms around the state and across the country.

Oregon Historical Photo: Snowy Crater Lake

OPB |Oct. 20, 2014 midnight

As a young boy in Kansas, William Gladstone Steel became fascinated with Crater Lake. Find out how this boyhood interest fueled his quest to preserve Crater Lake for future generations.

Oregon Historical Photo: Renaissance Man C.E.S. Wood

OPB |Oct. 13, 2014 midnight

As a young West Point graduate, C.E.S. Wood fought in the Nez Perce War of 1877 and recorded Chief Joseph’s words of surrender. Find out about Wood’s significant and lasting legacy in Portland.

Oregon Historical Photo: Logging In Wallowa County

OPB |Oct. 06, 2014 midnight

In the 1920s, blacks and whites lived and worked in Maxville, a small logging community in northeast Oregon. Find out how one African-American logger’s daughter learned about a vanished town’s history.

Oregon Historical Photo: Sternwheeler On The Columbia River

OPB |Sept. 29, 2014 midnight

Before the turn of the 20th century, a patchwork of river and rail transit carried goods and passengers through the Columbia River Gorge. Find out how engineering breakthroughs opened up the corridor from Oregon’s interior to its seacoast.

Oregon Historical Photo: Fighting In The Lava Beds During Modoc War

OPB |Sept. 22, 2014 midnight

During the Modoc War, the Modocs retreated to the lava beds after a series of skirmishes with the U.S. government. Learn how knowledge of the lava beds allowed the outnumbered Modocs to hold off the U.S. army for so long.

Oregon Historical Photo: Sam Hill’s Columbia River Highway

OPB |Sept. 15, 2014 midnight

Over 100 years ago, Sam Hill dreamed of a modern paved highway that would carry motorists through the scenic Columbia River Gorge. But popular belief held that it was an engineering impossibility.

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Featured: William Stafford Centennial

This year, Oregon's award-winning poet laureate William Stafford would have turned 100. We explore his life and the impact he had across the state and genre.

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